BTS‘s American Hustle Life ended five years ago, but the special friendship between Jimin and hip-hop artist Tony Jones lives on.
American Hustle Life aired in 2014, making it one of BTS’s earliest reality shows. The show took place in Los Angeles and followed the members as they trained with hip-hop tutors, such as Coolio and Warren G.
Although there’s much to love about this show, Jimin’s friendship with Tony was especially memorable.
These two friends hit it off right from the beginning, and had some of the most heartwarming interactions on the show.
Tony is the one who gave Jimin his iconic “ChimChim” nickname, which is still used today…
…often in the form of memes!
Since American Hustle Life concluded filming, BTS and Tony have met a couple of times. Once was in 2015, during Tony’s trip to Korea.
— Tony Jones (@Tony_Jones) May 10, 2015
After seeing this iconic reunion photo, fans wanted more, and they finally got it a year later. In 2016, Tony and BTS were once again reunited at a restaurant, following KCON in LA.
The hip-hop teacher greeted each one of his former students with love, but one particular student was especially happy to see him.
After getting his hug, Jimin hung back and waited for Tony to finish greeting the other BTS members…
…so that he could spend a few more moments with him. Jimin’s and Tony’s reunion was short but sweet, and it filled ARMYs hearts with nostalgia.
Even though Tony and Chim Chim don’t see each other much in person these days, Tony supports BTS from afar. He tweeted out this message in 2018, to celebrate Jimin’s birthday.
Jimin. Chim Chim, happy birthday brother! You’re a star and even though there has been much success, this is just the beginning. I hope you get to enjoy your day. No work, no studio, no working out lol, just fun. Proud of you, miss and love you and the guys. TONY @BTS_twt
— Tony Jones (@Tony_Jones) October 13, 2018
Time has passed, but BTS fans still consider Tony to be a true member of the BTS family. They have shown their love and gratitude for Tony by supporting his music and achievements over the years, and ARMYs are hoping for another reunion between Jimin and Tony in the future…
— 𝄞ᴮᴱAle⟭⟬ ⁷ (@Alelaletan) October 13, 2018
— Levi⁷ (@icrywinter) September 4, 2018
— Carly🐾🌺 (@carlylathan) September 4, 2018
…and maybe even a collab!
— ⁷ (@hadgloss1) August 26, 2018
Awww. I would LOVE to see a @Tony_Jones and @BTS_twt reunion collab. Tony was the best part of American Hustle Life. Thanks for always supporting Jimin and our boys Tony! #TonyxBTScollab #BTS https://t.co/gGCgJpE7fO
— Stephanie ⟭⟬ 💜⁷ ⟬⟭ ²¹ˢᵗ (@CloverLeafe) August 25, 2018
To see the whole heartwarming reunion, check out the clip here.